Recognizing the importance of Protected Areas as a key tool for resource management and biodiversity conservation, the Government of Spain has initiated a strategic partnership with UNEP to provide €5 million to improve the impact and effectiveness of both new and existing Protected Areas, through direct management support and enhanced enabling conditions, such as support to policy processes, stakeholder participation and increased awareness of the benefits for livelihoods and ecosystems.
GRASP Partners with Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire to Create Biodiversity Corridor
From the 5th to the 6th October 2009, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF) and the Great Apes Survival Partnership/United Nations Environment Programme (GRASP-UNEP) in collaboration with other partners [Forestry Development Authority (FDA) of Liberia; Office Ivoirien des Parcs et Réserves (OIPR) and Société de Développement des Forets (SODEFOR) of Côte d’Ivoire] organized a workshop to initiate transboundary collaboration between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia for the creation of the Taï-Sapo forest complex.
UN Report Provides Grim Update on State of Gorillas
The future for gorillas in Africa is getting bleaker, according to a UNEP-Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) report that assessed the econimic and environmental pressures threatening the species’ survival. Last Stand of the Gorilla, which was funded by France, UNEP/UNESCO and GRASP as a Contribution to the UNEP/CMS Year of the Gorilla campaign, suggests that accelerating impacts from poaching to illegal logging are hitting great ape populations and habitats faster than previously supposed. UNEP and INTERPOL call for more support for border and customs controls.
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New Gorilla Airlift Sparks Calls for Stronger Controls on Natural Resource Smuggling in Greater Congo Basin & Beyond
Kigali/Nairobi, 4 June 2010 – UN Peacekeepers in DR Congo are planning a new gorilla rescue airlift next month, in what may be one of the first operations conducted under their new mandate. As of 1 July, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) will convert to a stabilization mission, as per a recent decision by the UN Security Council.
The rescue is being carried out amid concerns for the future of the endangered species and recommendations by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL to strengthen the capacity of the UN Mission and law enforcement bodies to combat cross-border environmental crime in the Greater Congo Basin and gorilla range states.
The operation, planned for mid July, is the second to be conducted by UN forces in DR Congo as part of a wider effort to combat the illegal cross-border trade in baby gorillas, which has intensified in recent years with the proliferation of armed groups in the region.
UN Year of the Gorilla boosts conservation of the world’s most endangered great apes
Bonn, 11 March 2010 – The plight of gorillas in danger was given a higher profile during the UN Year of the Gorilla through hundreds of articles, interviews, lectures, conferences and films – more than through any similar global species campaign. In addition, the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009 generated 100,000 Euros for field projects to prevent critically endangered gorilla species going extinct.
The educational and awareness raising campaign was led by the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS). Member states to the Convention, members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), conservation bodies, individuals at the grass root level and online donations helped to raise funds.
Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP/CMS Executive Secretary said: “With the support of innovative gorilla projects the UN Year of the Gorilla has created a permanent legacy. Conserving gorillas not only helps safeguarding their habitat, which is shared by us, but it also addresses the major challenges of climate change and poverty.”